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Sharmili Mallick

In a shocking case of sheer medical callousness, a 25-year-old woman suffering from sickle cell disease died allegedly after being administered wrong group blood at the Rourkela Government Hospital (RGH) on Thursday afternoon. 

A complaint in this regard has been lodged at the Raghunathpalli Police Station by the family members of the deceased.

The woman, identified as Sarojini Kak from Budakata village under Biringatoli panchayat of Kutra block in Sundargarh district, was initially admitted to a hospital near the village after she fell ill.

On November 10, she was referred to the RGH after her condition deteriorated. The doctors then administered her blood as her haemoglobin count continued to fall. However, Sarojini died while undergoing treatment at the hospital on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Anjana Kak, the younger sister Sarojini, alleged that the latter was administered B+ blood instead of O+. She further alleged that though she raised her concerns before the doctors and nurses, they ignored her.

“My sister was O+ phenotype but the doctors administered her B+. She was a sickle cell patient and she had been given blood of O+ group multiple times earlier. I asked my family members to send her previous medical records and I found that my sister has O+ phenotype. I told the doctors and nurses about it but they were callous,” alleged Anjana.

Based on the complaint, police have initiated a probe into the incident while the hospital authorities have also constituted a five-member medical team led by RGH Superintendent Jagadish Chandra Barik and started an enquiry.

“The family members of the deceased patient have alleged that she was administered the wrong blood type. On the direction of the Hospital Director, we have formed a five-member team and started an investigation into the incident. Appropriate action will be taken against those found guilty,” informed Barik.

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